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NEIGHBOR  Books 1, 2, 3 AROUSAL CALLING YOU SHADES

Ed Baker

tel let / red ochre press 2007 1


[Neighbors] "There exists a creature who is perfectly harmless; when it passes before your eyes, you hardly notice it and immediately forget again.  But as soon as it somehow, invisibly, gets into your ears, it begins to develop, it hatches, and cases have been known where it has penetrated into the brain and flourish­ es there devastatingly, like pneumococci in dogs which gain entrance through the nose. This creature is your neighbor." ­Ranier Maria Rilke   Ahead of All Parting:  p.266

"Giacometti said: 'One day while I was drawing a young girl something struck me: that is to say, all of a sudden I noticed the only thing that re­ mained alive was the gaze.  The rest, the head     made into a skull, became equivalent to a death's  head.  What made the difference between death and the individual was the gaze  ... In a living  person there is no doubt that what makes him    alive is his gaze.  If the gaze, that is to say life       itself, becomes essential, there is no doubt that  what is essential is the head." from James Lord's 'Giacometti   a biography' p. 426

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copyright (c) 2007 by Ed Baker in conjunction w  tel let "the imaginary is what tends to become real."                                                        ­Andre Breton "every page  a book.  each word  more so."                                                               ­Ed Baker

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Contents       1.  AROUSAL The Edge Gone Fishing The Runner A Valentine Object Subject Predicates Upon Letters Silhouette Focus The Set­up In this quiet She handed The Silences Dead Ignition Tall Standing Nude I thought The View Man Contemplates Framed Sketch         Hung on Wall Last Word FIRST The Glare The Touch I was

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2. CALLING YOU Calling You Fill 'er Up Guitar Riff The Cut Tuesday Morning The Fall Letter of Intent Regarding What I Want Stork Belt Around Waist The Window A Complication Great American Guarantee To Get Eyes Open This Poem is Form Red Ochre Ten Years Bondage She has it Continued Search for Of Course It's Your Mind The Face The Cut Nude: Woman Stands  Your Eyes

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3. SHADES A Maven Sues Eating Your Barb/ecue I Opened Model Behind Glass What Good? Two weeks into I would visions come She is Mystery I/You Dance The Shade came down The Silence each

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                                                                                    PLATES/ILLUSTRATIONS

                                                               (all art by the Author) "Masked woman in Window with two crystal tears"          3/7/98    ­front piece/cover "The Embrace"  3/6/98 "A View"  2/24/98 "The Glare"  3/4/98 "You..."  (after A. Giacometti) 4/19/98 "#2  Through the Window  8:35 A.M." 4/11/98 "Six­over­One"  4/19/98 "The Face"  5/5/98

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AROUSAL (2/9/98)

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The Edge                                                                                                   On sill peering head tilted towards sun so close I can smell your hair hanging down Green eyes hidden among  the black embrace a contradiction briefly confused by your look glare to get a better sense of I turned

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GONE FISHING 1. You gave me a can of worms and told me to go fish ing; so, I did I fished & I fished & I am fish ing. 2. May have put corn on line yet is pone bait on perch that sill is step higher swim against current better view

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THE RUNNER                  ­A.G.'s

run s difficult a long trail cut through sunlit  leg s long rise fingers, hands body stretches longings for balance cling ing tangle winter branches before me and  I     reach                                                                                    

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A VALENTINE white wall ladder leaned against to get to Neighbor claim her attention Ritual is rapping on window pain face  reflection what comes back to  haunt little said or startles gets us there comes by reflection what also gets

                                             

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OBJECT SUBJECT PREDICATES UPON untied knot legs made cave towards fire  light to her slitted just there her mouth wide open hand  palm his due predicate upon touch all ears tuned turn to place purslane in early spring

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LETTERS What beside letter slipped under back door three days laid on counter unopened morning signals rise too   blinds smell of breakfast burn ing s  waft through half raised  wind ow deliberately stripped to bare skin while leaves in small piles once were burned drew all attention towards lingering  smell a woman wait ing. next to her next to couch next Bonded Jim Beam did me in... sealed letter whiskey on ice

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(she KNOWS I'm a beer man) brought me to beside myself This Friday open its expanse a woman is doing exactly three times one d r o p ing  into  confusion issues        pre dispose loose fit to  knees to fit.

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SILHOUTTE              ­for S.S. 1. Awaken!  days spent gazing through window (I swear  again) stand between glass/body light leans through that dress re:veals breasts, back, front desire right on direct to 'pudding' just there legs curve delight pitch to  certain knowledge 2. "Mine!"

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3. First suck ing   head everything that could get be yond conditions hair pungent caught in eye in ear 'tick'  'tick' 3 A.M. leaps want

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FOCUS Stood in distances and watched your reflection moving suddenly through in sulated glass under winter blank ettes her hot fingers your hotter breath make lighter fogged image w black soft hair hanging  from the draw­string "gee!" becomes long developed print­sketch ing the hurt was not my doing.

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THE SET­up I should have known better than to have worn "that"  hat cock s tail for show it is a business not yet was prepared for what  went down like rabbit in mind in head switch her 'on' to memorized image of   "my father molesting me" another want to tell her that the pain  is not the woman the girl was.

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In this quiet she handed  me another  clearly bonded double whiskey is  clear  to me now as cold her hands were chilled to the touch just so across the room fire in hearth  a moment that I could not get out of

THE SILENCE

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between her opening and closing hands 'round over under as clear as glass gave additiona ly her home­brewed blues accompanied by  own guitar  string s contorted gaze                 a twist                          twist in to                 body stretch ing another time place I would have quickly paid sipped from rim eat ripe persimmon from between n her lips... arms are branches twist is this head giving hair flip flopping fly­away up twirl is dizzying ly  full skirt fingers into my beard into my mouth putting words just be yond

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this ;semi­colon that hair  agai n again no met aphor can do "this" adequate  homage... through obvious gates go countless  others  foot prints through snow   to and from to  and fro m a moment to be getting out of just in time!

                                                                                     

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DEAD IGNITION car parked between commitments east­wise shadow elongates push it on go­button through the cold motor whine is an unwelcome d sound through from there to here from toward another there her thin body hard  against  the wind ow pain                     2/22/99

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TALL STANDING NUDE fall of '97 first drawn duplicate in corner through red glow on green skin reflects source a man comes into this scathed heat shapes his rise ing prowess comes on  waves One wave beckons his re:solve what he is

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pressed between hot/cold moment s bounded hung then gone what was  be hind cannot tell front from back also stands.

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I/ thought it was a Tree of Heaven, I swear, she said it was this straddle ing be/tween our  properties sured defined beautiful shape of clay roof tiles nestled into birds nesting spent years cackling back and forth over property rights cut through perfectly to utility hut trench to lay electric  in trimmed her big tree actually a bush­weed fully grown

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warning me  to  mind the clippers imagine that! her near still holds arms 'round doubt  I (nor she) can or will let go

shear persists warning's end thin branching s over­growing taking wind with white sided house black between the window s shutter no one sees her so  through nor calls or comes smooth as silk the hinge s oil last one out slams  door

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on  on   on  on on clouds these moment s de:tangle knots in hair      braids undone un done precise movement of her lips toward smile red red the sepia of relentless stiff as so

Adumbrate what is be come of her  of this sunlit casting long ing shadow  blue sky   blue bird chirps bird  sound ing Shrike­like mocking cut of my in two lips   moist to quick ness say or "You can kissss  my  assessss precisely."

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THE VIEW I hardly knew you         then something in par­ ticular slowed me down   leaves catching sudden warm breeze    lingers in it s drift  deliberately kept my distance to get a perspective; for days nothing  about anything said what meant more  so just out of reach or want stroke can  write reach over   wring your              neck

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MAN CONTEMPLATES FRAMED SKETCH           HUNG ON WALL Skein of line bounds situate rage is continual stare beyond this perfect wait cat walks  through fog closes numerate possibilities hairy form just so just so sparse in frame hung from nail nailed through hands it s imminent fly     to phantasy

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LAST WORD FIRST 1. wire fan­sounds ch...            ch...                        ch... content to murder         The Silence         disappearing into         its own   w h i r r... set on sill brings what wind it can              2. night descends    just be yond her rail ling  lean is i nto open ed  wide what way wrong  not issued or an saying  stone drop ped into half full glass care ab­ ruptly closes 3. Now. To                 get                       down                                from                                         this                          ladder!

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The Glare from here parts of a girl a woman is mother of seen atom's center with The Naked Eye possible frags  a clue it s image pure hypothesis hard­edge surrounded  by The White  it s circumference has no center as sunlight light clouds  over­cover comes back to lie w me  under stand ing swings hips makes every thing (in)visible

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The Touch what thinking demands walking along Sugar loaf Mont s rim round valley up this side over­grown pines just beyond   smoke waft ing of a pungency nuclear waste management facility restricted access was also her on paper felt  skin itch  up bristle her black hairs arch on  beyond words dive is into without a sound. Could longer at least strip down to linger "there"  see you  loosely held together  "We have a complex relationship. "My father was a garbage  man.  Picked up the dead  the near dead:             

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"I was  young and knew nothing." OH THE STENCH! burn is both ends towards middle unfinished /smolders                    /smolders

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Neighbors Book 1